March 18, 2008 - Msg 61141: ROMEENA: I know that when we find a mecahnic, technician, are any other service person or business that we feel does an honest job for a reasonable price, we stick with them. I wonder if those that are always trying to do as little as possible for as much as possible will ever understand that they wouldn't always need to be out finding new people to rip off if they had some reliable return customers more than happy to support their business?


March 18, 2008 - Msg 61142: I sweep for cheap. And I guarentee spotless corners.


March 18, 2008 - Msg 61143: HM and Ro, I am so in agreement with you all. I, too, am amazed by the numbers of children I see out at Walmart late at night. What really annoys me is the folks fussy and slapping babies and toddlers who are crying or being disagreeable. I want to say, "That baby should be at home in bed" NOt sure how to change it. Because those children are learning how to parent from their parents. I don't like government intervention in private lives, but people need to be taught how to parent.


March 18, 2008 - Msg 61144: Hahaha! Me-They, you crack me up. And I couldn't agree more. When I bought little Starr, I had to have her spayed and produce proof, before the breeder would give me the registration application. Why? Because she has a minor flaw (slight overbite) which would disqualify her in a show, and the breeder is responsible enough to identify that and request that the dog be removed from the gene pool, in order to maintain and improve the blood lines. Because of that, I was able to purchase Starr for about half what I would have paid for "show-quality". It doesn't matter to me, she's exactly what I wanted and I'd never have shown her anyway, but the breeder is being careful, and I appreciate that. She weeds out bad temperament as well, which is why I was able to get a puppy that has such a sweet nature.

Certainly I don't advocate such as that for people, but I've often thought that a series of parenting classes might be good. I wouldn't want to see it made mandatory (too much big brother) but if a monetary incentive was offered, it could be cost-effective in the long run. It could be offered at intervals - infant, toddler, pre-school, elementary and middle school. By high school, either the parents are in control or they're not. The curriculum could be geared toward the greatest needs of the child in each of those stages, and obviously, elementary school would stress the importance of parental involvement and support. Oh, well, I guess it's just a dream. However, I do think that a mandatory class could be put in place for the parents of children just entering school. You want your kid in school? Come to class and learn what your responsibility is, and how we can work together in your child's best interests. That much could and should be required, in my opinion.

Well, I'm off to console my poor little penned-up puppy. She's not a happy girl today. --Romeena

March 18, 2008 - Msg 61145: Oh good golly miss molly. Did M-T hit the nail on the head. The two parental pet peeves he listed make me ballistic. I also love the parents at my daughter's elementary school that sit in their cars chain smoking with their music blasted and when their ashtrays get too full to shove any more butts into, they open the door to empty their trays right there in the parking lot where children tromp through to get to their vehicles. Yeah, I love that one. Never mind the fact that all over the campus are signs in bold print stating "NO SMOKING ON SCHOOL PROPERTY." And also never mind the fact what kind of example they are setting for very impressionable youngsters.

The vast majority of Teachers are not the problem in this country. Parents are. And in some cases, I use the term "parents" very loosely.

ROMEENA, my sister was a l&d nurse and the nightmare stories she would tell curled my hair. I don't know how you do it.

Well, I better scrounge up lunch before the power flickers again. You should hear the rain here. It's torrential! MW

PS No, AUH20, you didn't overstep at all. I just better zip it. That's all.

March 18, 2008 - Msg 61146: MW - maybe it should be NIp it Nip it Nip it

March 18, 2008 - Msg 61147: the bud!

None of us are perfect parents. But it doesn't take a whole lot of smarts or learning to understand that beating kids is bad, putting their health at risk is bad, and letting them do whatver the heck they want is bad. No, it's not necessarily just misunderstanding, it's laziness.

By the way, speaking of not being perfect, I subscribe to the Familyman webiste, which is a Christian site for dads. I love (and live) their motto: "I'm a great dad. Except when I'm not."


March 18, 2008 - Msg 61148: MERRI: If the school didn't want a misunderstanding, they would post a sign that says, "No dumping your ashtray on school property." I know if it weren't for that warning on my grocery bags ("This is not a toy"), I'd have let Veda sleep with them. ;)


March 18, 2008 - Msg 61149: "Whatever happened to the days when kids hated their teachers!?"


March 18, 2008 - Msg 61150: Well, I'm back and I only have one thing to say to all of you people: "I LOVE YA"!!

I'll be back later...(I didn't know you would all write a novel while I was gone).


March 18, 2008 - Msg 61151: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

Welcome back, BOO.


March 18, 2008 - Msg 61152: BOOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOO-HOOOOOO! We missed you!

March 18, 2008 - Msg 61153: M-T - my son was not to say hate but he rather does not care for his teacher this year. This kid is a people person and everyone who meets him just loves him. But - this teacher and he do not seem to see eye to eye and from what I hear it is the teacher not him.

Welcome back Boo !


March 18, 2008 - Msg 61154:
Me-They- I dont think Andy and Barney were too fond of 'Miss Moran, beast of the 4th floor!' ha
RO- will those carpets dry on such a day?
When we do ours, I have to rent some of those low-slung carpet fans, and i usually try to do them on a sunny day.
M-T- not a smigin of Irish, just havin fun.
HM- I just put out a lot o blarney! ha

I think i will email Irishster and see what he is up to! I thought he would drop by yesterday to visit us.
Boo- how was your retreat??
APB for TOM.

March 18, 2008 - Msg 61155: MDC,you make me laugh! You are a bird in this world! Wonder if Asa would mind if we awarded you a "Pip Plaque" like we gave him awhile back?
Some of my favorite quips of yours are from when you wondered if Spitzer was gonna get hit with a leg of lamb & that you didn't have to go see the musical about menopause-you had lived with it!

Welcome back Boo! Did you tell ghost stories around the campfire? WHO STOLE MY GOLDEN ARM??

Ro,heard on tv that Dallas is getting 100 mph winds and funnel clouds have been spotted. Prayers that you're safe-check in as soon as you can.There has been WAY too much of this dangerous weather lately-sure worries my lil' possum nerves to a frazzle!

Don't even get me started on bad parents or I might blow a gasket.But,there SHOULD be a law against 'em!

Thank you all for the condolences.Love you guys.

possum under a rock

March 18, 2008 - Msg 61156: Hey everyone,just a quick rock this evening.I have to get supper. Here in Iowa we have 5 seasons instead of 4,right now we are in mud season.boy I hate it.Sounds like there are others having the same season,MW,hm, and Ro.
auh2o,I have been into genealogy since I was little, I spent alot of time with my Grandma on my mom's side of the family. I would always have her tell me stories from the " olden days". In the last couple of years I've been working on my dad's side. I have found my 16 greats grandfather is rather famous,I'm sure you have heard of Geoffrey Chaucer.
Boo, hope you had fun on your camping trip.
Me-They,I agree with you about a test for parents and that smoking thing has always made me crazy. Did you all see that news story about the girl who punished her 2 year old in a car
wash,then went on Tv todefend herself.
One day when I was at a local store,I saw a woman with 2 little boys and a baby,one of the little boys hit the other one and the Mom reached out and slapped him and said " Don't hit people" DUH.
MDC,how do you remember all those Andy quotes?
Well,the Hubby 's back from walking the dogs,so I better go help him claen them up. Take care.

March 18, 2008 - Msg 61157: That's clean them up. Dr P

March 18, 2008 - Msg 61158:
Hey to Possum- Thanks,I am just tryin to fill in for all of mayor colt's wonderful humorous quips that he used to grace us with. But i think MT did one about the flyin leg-o-lamb. I cant take credit for that good one.
And, yup I told my dear wife that I had seen it home! ha
I just watched the back to nature ep.
"He saw two big eyes..."
"If only I had a snare, boy I'd snare us a pheasant or something, that's for sure."
Prayers for all in the Dallas area.
Lord be with us.

March 18, 2008 - Msg 61159:
Dr Pease, I watch a lot of tags, and if it is one that i am not going to go to sleep by, I usually just keep a pad handy and jot down "good uns".
Also, I have a great TAGS book that I bought at Weaver's that has many of the scripts. And finally,if i am in a real bind for a quote, I go to "Quote of the day" here on the mayberry site and steal it for ya all's listening pleasure.
I do believe tho that Hazel is the Queen of the Quotes! (:

March 18, 2008 - Msg 61160:
Also Dr P, we only have two seasons here in the Phx area... "Hot" and "Not so hot"! ha

March 18, 2008 - Msg 61161: Dr. P - we have those same seasons here in Indiana, and I hate the mud too! Can't wait until there is a break in the weather!


March 18, 2008 - Msg 61162: Dr. P - we have those same seasons here in Indiana, and I hate the mud too! Can't wait until there is a break in the weather!


March 18, 2008 - Msg 61163: Evenin', all. Yep, it's windy here in the Dallas area, but I haven't seen anything like 100 mph winds. It has rained all day - a birdbath that started out nearly empty is now overflowing, so I'm guessing at least 2" of rain, probably more. It's chilly too, at 54. That may not seem cold to some of you, but if you could see what I'm seeing out this window, it looks a lot colder than that. There are four doves sitting on a power line, all huddled together. They look miserable, poor things.

Speaking of parents smoking around kids (ugh!), I used to do pediatrics for a while, and it was just heartbreaking. Parents would bring these little wheezing, choking, practically limp kids to the ER, and soon they'd arrive on my floor - diagnosis asthma. The child would reek of cigarettes, as did the parents. We'd get the kid into a clean hospital gown, the parents would gradually air out since there was no place for them to smoke, and miracles would happen. In a couple of hours, the child would be fine. Asthma? Yes, a reaction to the parents' cigarette smoke! One of our pediatricians was lobbying in the state capitol for legislation to get the act of smoking around a child designated as child abuse, and prosecutable. He never got it done, but he tried. If you could see one of the little guys in the throes of an asthma attack, you'd agree with him. I've talked to many a parent about it, and you get a glassy stare, a mumbled "uh-huh" and off they go, oblivious.

My husband's family lives in Michigan, and they claim they have two seasons also. Winter, and Road Repair. I think they're right. The freezing weather makes the ground heave and the roads just fall apart. I've seen potholes in those roads that you could lose a sports car in.

Well, back under my blanket. It's cold in here! I'll be glad when the carpets finish drying. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

March 18, 2008 - Msg 61164: Evenin', all. Yep, it's windy here in the Dallas area, but I haven't seen anything like 100 mph winds. It has rained all day - a birdbath that started out nearly empty is now overflowing, so I'm guessing at least 2" of rain, probably more. It's chilly too, at 54. That may not seem cold to some of you, but if you could see what I'm seeing out this window, it looks a lot colder than that. There are four doves sitting on a power line, all huddled together. They look miserable, poor things.

Speaking of parents smoking around kids (ugh!), I used to do pediatrics for a while, and it was just heartbreaking. Parents would bring these little wheezing, choking, practically limp kids to the ER, and soon they'd arrive on my floor - diagnosis asthma. The child would reek of cigarettes, as did the parents. We'd get the kid into a clean hospital gown, the parents would gradually air out since there was no place for them to smoke, and miracles would happen. In a couple of hours, the child would be fine. Asthma? Yes, a reaction to the parents' cigarette smoke! One of our pediatricians was lobbying in the state capitol for legislation to get the act of smoking around a child designated as child abuse, and prosecutable. He never got it done, but he tried. If you could see one of the little guys in the throes of an asthma attack, you'd agree with him. I've talked to many a parent about it, and you get a glassy stare, a mumbled "uh-huh" and off they go, oblivious.

My husband's family lives in Michigan, and they claim they have two seasons also. Winter, and Road Repair. I think they're right. The freezing weather makes the ground heave and the roads just fall apart. I've seen potholes in those roads that you could lose a sports car in.

Well, back under my blanket. It's cold in here! I'll be glad when the carpets finish drying. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

March 18, 2008 - Msg 61165: I'm seeing double. I must have had one nip too many.
- Hazel

March 18, 2008 - Msg 61166:
Dr P- Geoffrey Chaucer! Very neat. My favorite find is my 12 Great Grandfather Rev. John Lathrop. He was arrested by Bishop William Laud (a monster of a man) and thrown into the Tower of London before escaping and coming to America in 1634. But Geoffrey Chaucer! "The Canterbury Tales" wow! I also (not that you did) drove my grandparents crazy asking questions about the "old days" and wanting to hear family stories. Boy, I miss those times and my Grandma's molasses cookies.

Well, we had a light rain here today and lost a bit more of the snow base, I'd guess we have about 15 inches of snow left to go, accent on the TO GO.

God Bless,

March 18, 2008 - Msg 61167: Dr. P, how neat is that?? Related to Chaucer! Well, you're practically a celebrity!

AUH20, now was Rev. Lathrop a Protestant and that's what landed him in hot water?
You miss your grandma's molasses cookies and I miss my grandma's chocolate pie. Sigh. If we only had a time machine.

RO, glad to hear that you didn't end up being blown away. I must be getting your weather.

HAZEL! That cider's turned hard!

I went to check on my mother tonight (geez. I sound like Howard Sprague) since I heard on the news that her area was flooded. The water has since receded into a sink hole. --My Regards, mw

March 18, 2008 - Msg 61168:
Merri- Rev Lathrop left the Church of England which was dangerous at that time. He became a minister at the First Independent Church of London. That act was illegal and when William Laud demanded that Rev Lathrop take an oath to the Church of England he refused and was then imprisoned. I'm sure Rev Lathrop didn't see it this way but the good Reverend got the last laugh, as Laud was later jailed and beheaded in the Tower of London. Also, glad to hear your mom was fine.


March 18, 2008 - Msg 61169: What fascinating history you have in your family AUH20! Terrible religious violence during those days. Boy, if you didn't tow the line, 'off with your head.' Yikes.

And "duh" for me. Reverend, Protestant? Duh.

It's going to be a long night I'm afraid. My power just came back on after being out almost an hour (again) and the lights keep a-flickerin. There's lots of thunder and lightening. The wind is hollering. A lonely ole night. Makes me feel sorry for any man or beast out in it. Goodnight AUH20 and friends. mw

"A dog can't get struck by lightning. You know why? 'Cause he's too close to the ground. See, lightning strikes tall things. Now if they were giraffes out there in the field, now then we'd have trouble."

"Boy, Giraffes are selfish!"

March 18, 2008 - Msg 61170: That's my favorite quote of all time, MW. Classic Barney, talking himself into a corner, and then coming up with the clincher. Beautiful!

Sorry about the twice-chewed cabbage above, but my DSL was going down at the time - one minute I was connected, then not, then connected again. I couldn't tell if the post went through or not. It's been down all evening, and I figured it was the storm. I finally called tech support just now, held for a full 25 minutes, and finally got through. The tech was wonderful - cheerful and funny, and best of all, knew what she was doing and had me up and running in a few minutes. Bless her! It's amazing how much we (I) depend on the computer. It's just so true - invention is the mother of necessity.

All the water has caused the GFCI to the backyard circuit to trip, guess a junction box got swamped or something, so that will be a phone call to Ted. He's coming over anyway to fix that cracked door, but I'll let him know about this, so he can have the necessary parts and tools on his truck. Sure is dark out there without those landscape lights. Spooky.

The wind is really kicking up, whipping things around pretty badly. I just remembered my prized wine-colored iris, which has a long bud stalk up and about to open. I'm afraid it will be broken, so I think I'll go out there and stake it. It's out front, next to the front sidewalk so I won't have to get in any water, and I've got a good stout dowel I can stake it with. I'd surely hate for it to be broken off before it even gets a chance to open. So - off I go.

Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

March 18, 2008 - Msg 61171:
Hello porch family.... A lot of good post today.

Welcome back Boo....hope you had a great time.

Can't sit long tonight but just wanted to check in.
Where are we meeting for breakfast in the morning Spot? I'm already hungry.

Prayers for all the porch family and all the men and women that are fighting for our country. We are so blessed to live in a country that we don't have to fear bombs in our back yards each day.
By the way.....I am recording a song on my new cd that I wrote called "America Bless God". We make the statement all the time "God bless America" but it's time that America began to bless God again.
Good night to you all and remember that Jesus loves you. Be sure to give Him all praise tonight before going to sleep. America....BLESS GOD.

March 18, 2008 - Msg 61172: HI folks, I have been reading back over what I have missed the last couple of days (I am not even half through, though..) and I wanted to comment on Me-They's post about how things are discussed on the porch...I think he is right-on and I have to say very honestly that if we were not able to speak (respectfully) here as friends, I would have been gone a long time ago. I am coming up on my 5th anniversary here soon and I treasure my time here and the friendships I have made. If all we talked about here was TAGS, I wouldn't even come back tomorrow. If that's what I wanted or needed I would go elsewhere. I have learned so much from the varying opinions I have heard and am a better person for it. Please don't stop sharing your opinions, concerns, angers, fears. For some crazy reason (and I as yet have not figured it out), this forum fosters an intimacy between friends that is hard to find. I believe it is healthy. How wonderful to have a support group who is going to be there (thanks to Floyd) everyday and always offer a prayer, kind word, words of wisdom and encouragement. I value that greatly and love the porch just the way it is. I think we have proven before that when someone has truley gotten out of line, we take care of the problem (like when my friend Auh2o stood up for me when I needed it). I trust you guys not to hurt me deliberately so say whatever you's the only way I can really know each of you, and I want to know you.


March 19, 2008 - Msg 61173: Hello Porch!

It flooded on my end of the porch. Sorry if anyone else got wet.

"Rain rain go away, come again some other day"

Floyd: "What did Calvin Coolidge say?"


March 19, 2008 - Msg 61174: Boo, I'm with you. I enjoy all types of conversation here on the Taylor's front porch. Not just TAGS. I do enjoy it being TAGS based though.
That being said....Is that smoke I smell from Opie's wood burning kit?


March 19, 2008 - Msg 61175: WOW, I FINALLY caught up on all the posts I missed while I was gone!! I don't even know where to begin.

First of all, Prayers for Possum's family and the loss of her stepfather. I remember when we were praying for him when he was being mistreated. Poor thing, I hope he has found his peace.

M-T, you are such a joy. Your comments are so funny at times! Well, I guess I could say that about all of you.

Regarding the homeschooling issue in Califoria, as a homeschooler without a teaching certificate, it really concerns me. In my own case, I would rather both my children be in private school at this time but due to Sean's difficulties, I truley believe I am doing what is best for him by teaching him at home. I would hate to lose the right to do what I think is best for my own child. I also think that California has shot itself in the foot on this issue because the public school system is such a mess and homeschoolers will be putting their kids in private or charter schools in droves rather than place them in the public school system. I pray it doesn't happen in Texas (or anywhere else, for that matter).

I have more I would like to comment on but I think I will try to go back to bed for awhile. I was up alot last night with a cough...I think from all the campfire smoke I breathed this week!


March 19, 2008 - Msg 61176: Good morning everyone.

Hey, BOO, I think I hear a web-footed, red-crested lake loon. Oh, no, it was just AUH2O.


March 19, 2008 - Msg 61177: I just read an MSN piece reporting that 14 million people, or 1 out of every 8 Baby Boomers are expected to develop Alzheimers or related forms of dementia. That's pretty scary. Glad I'm technically a Gen-Xer ;). Seriously though, like Barney, I "wonder what causes that?"


March 19, 2008 - Msg 61178: Homemaker, I read your comment on the mother who took her kids to Walmart to get those movies the moment they were released at midnight. I've never understood people who have to buy things the moment they come out. I mean, it's not like they are going to run out!
It's pretty sad if buying something "first" is what gives your life meaning and takes precedent over things like, oh, say, giving your kids their needed rest.
I feel the same way about people who simply need to go to a movie when it first hits the theatre. Personally, I try to avoid the theatres on opening day. Why would you want to go and see, and try to enjoy, a movie you've been looking forward to seeing, with a big crowd of people crunching popcorn and yacking all around you?! I'll wait until the fanfare, and the crowds, die down a bit, thank you.

Oh no, Chuck! I hope there wasn't too much damage on your end of the porch, and that everyone is ok. You don't live in Texas, do you? I heard there was considerable flooding in some areas there.

-Sterling Holobyte

March 19, 2008 - Msg 61179: Well Me-They, there is a theory out there that all the Alzheimer's has something to do with consumption of aluminum. Some nutritionists warn about using products containing aluminum (like antiperspirants) and cooking in aluminum cookware. I don't know if there is real truth to that. My dad worked in an aluminum plant for 35 years and he is 83 now and has most of his mind (I am being generous, though...hehe).

I hear you, Sterling. I am the kind of person who avoids crowds and confusion. It's funny, there has been a time or two during vacation or in the summer when I had the kids out late to walmart or something, and the whole time I am looking over my shoulder and feeling guilty about having them out so late! I was hoping I wouldn't run into someone I knew. As far as movies go, I usually wait until they come out on DVD if I want to see them. Sometimes the kids want to see something in the theater but that is not often. Horton Hears A Who is coming out this week and I think I might take them to that one. I think it will be a good one and is rated 'G'.

I forget where Chuch lives, but his son, daughter-in-law and new grandbaby live in Texas.

Better scoot...


March 19, 2008 - Msg 61180: It is flooded on my end here too. I moved goats from one lot to a trailer this morning to escape the rising creek.

Heading out to the wet weather. . .


March 19, 2008 - Msg 61181: Soory to hear that, HM. Make for the high ground! Prayers for drier weather.

BOO: We're going to take the kids to "Horton." I looked it up at Pluggedin (Focus on the Family) and it gives it good marks for familiy viewing.

I've heard that about aluminum, too, but have recently learned it's a myth. So I suppose the jury is still out, but I expect is has at least something to do with all the chemicals we ingest. The Mrs. and I have been trying to be a little more vigilant about the plastics we use. Some are okay, but some leach dangerous chemicals into food. (I was very suprised to learn that the plastic wrap that is used for cheese singles is infused with toxic carcinogens in order to make it flexible. That stuff is nasty, anyway, but imagine!)

Anyway, for anyone who may be interested, I am posting a handy guide that I found on the net about plastics. The numbers correspond to the recycling numbers found on plastics:

1 PET or PETE (polyethlyne terephalate) rated ok
2 HDPE (high-density polyethlene) rated ok
3 PVC (polyvinyl chloride) Avoid
4 LDPE (low-density polyethylene) rated good
5 PP (polypropylene) rated good
6 PS (polystyrene) Avoid
7 Other (polycarbonate, nylon, acrylic) Avoid


March 19, 2008 - Msg 61182: Me-They, your educashun was worth every penny! This is good information. However, as a general rule, I just avoid plastics completely in the microwave. I have the impression that being subjected to heat is a factor in the release of the dangerous chemicals. I heat only in glass or in some cases paper, and I cover the food with a paper towel. Since the towel tends to droop into the food (yuck) I keep a box of wooden toothpicks on top of the micro, and stick one or two into the food like a tiny tent pole to support the towel, and it works.

My goodness, homemaker. While I was sitting here wondering if my goldfish survived our rainstorm, you were out moving goats into a trailer to avoid a flooded creek. I guess I'm pretty sheltered, but you know what? I envy your lifestyle, I really do. I'd love to go back to the country. Probably couldn't hold up to the work it takes, but it would be fun to try once again. Oh well. As Paul said, "I have learned in whatsoever state I find myself, therein to be content." And I am. I still play in the dirt, just not so much of it. I still have critters around me, it's just that God takes care of them for the most part, I just supplement His provision. The only one who is fully dependent on me is Starr, and I don't need trailers or barns or fencing, just a couple of pillows on the floor or space on my lap. Even her food doesn't require much storage -it's kept in a canister on my countertop! The stages and phases of life - they do keep a-changing!

Be blessed, everyone! --Romeena

March 19, 2008 - Msg 61183: You're right, ROMEENA, heat is a factor--some of teh time. However, from what I've read some plastics leach under any circumstances, irregardless of temperature and age of the plastic.

HM: Can we all come visit?!?


March 19, 2008 - Msg 61184:
Ha, you KNOW that I have to weigh in on this one! (: ---Just dont microwave the aluminum! ha OK, now i just have to adjust my alumninum pyramid hat and everything will be OK! teehee
M-T--seriously, I have heard that many parents are getting rid of their polycarb baby bottles and going back to glass. They are tempered, so wont readily break if dropped. For those of us with alzheimers in the family (ie:my dear mum) they say that if we really watch our diets, keep up on educational activites, and exercise readily (wow, did I just use the word "readily" twice in the same post?), that it will really blow away the odds.
REV- great stuff, I love it- America bless God!
Chuck, so good you are back--good thoughts.
Boo-- my dad worked with hot LEAD type, as a printer, for 35 years, handled it everyday, and he is still sharp as a tack. He'll be 90 in May!
HM- prayers indeed for you and yours!!

March 19, 2008 - Msg 61185:
Oh, I forgot, with easter quickly approaching, I'm sure Andy would like this website. It is worth a visit:
It shows 25 OT prophecies of the passion that were fulfilled during holy week.
BOO- your rehab girls may gain from a print out of these. There are some that i didnt even know about, like the closing up of the East Gate... that since it is now bricked up, the Messiah HAD TO have already come! Very interesting!

March 19, 2008 - Msg 61186: My boss forwarded this to me, and I thought I'd share:


The population of this country is 300 million.
160 million are retired.
That leaves 140 million to do the work.
There are 85 million in school.
Which leaves 55 million to do the work.
Of this there are 35 million employed by the federal government.
Leaving 15 million to do the work.
2.8 million are in the armed forces preoccupied with killing Osama Bin-Laden.
Which leaves 12.2 million to do the work.
Take from that total the 10.8 million people who work for state and city governments.
And that leaves 1.4 million to do the work.
At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals.
Leaving 1,212,000 to do the work.
Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons.
That leaves just two people to do the work.
You and me.
And there you are,sitting on your butt,
At your computer, reading jokes.
Nice. Real nice.

Thought that was cute!


March 19, 2008 - Msg 61187: Me again. I came across this Teddy Roosevelt quote from 1919 and it reminded me of something you might say, ROMEENA. Anyway, I don’t follow his line of thinking all the way on all subjects, but TR is one of my heroes.

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin.

But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American….There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag….We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language….and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is loyalty to the American people.”


March 19, 2008 - Msg 61188: While I'm busy cut-and-pasting today, how about this from Wikipedia:

"[Rev. John] Lathrop's fame, more than his life, continues to this day. His direct descendants in America number more than 80,000, including U.S. Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Governors Mitt Romney and George W. Romney, Mormon prophet Joseph Smith, Benedict Arnold, President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Vice President Henry A. Wallace, Jane Stanford, wife of the founder of Stanford University and inventor Eli Whitney, among others, and AUH2O."

Okay, I added that last one.


March 19, 2008 - Msg 61189: But is auh2o related to Nathan Tibbs? Y'all know we'd have to present him with a plaque and listen to how "humble" he was to stand before us if it ever came out that fella was kin to ol' Nathan! Ha!

possum under a rock

March 19, 2008 - Msg 61190:
I think Otis Campbell is related to Nathan Tibbs! ha But, did HE get a styrofoam statue?, N-o-o-o-o-o!

March 19, 2008 - Msg 61191: I could whip one up for you. All I need to do is make an angel without the wings, and with the clothes on.


March 19, 2008 - Msg 61192: And knowing you Me-They,it would have shoes on it!! Hee Hee

March 19, 2008 - Msg 61193: oops-got so tickled I forgot to sign my name!

possum again

March 19, 2008 - Msg 61194:
Hey Folks

Me-They Is that whole loon business just your way of saying that, I'm just a bird in this world? I just love reading about my Grandpa. He was considered a nonconformist, as well as, one of the first Baptist's. He actually followed Henry Jacob in leading the First Independent Church of England. There was a book written about him called "Exiled." However, even though I loved reading it, it was one of those historical novel things, that always leave me wondering.

M-T I pay no never mind to plastic's, I just pitch them out the side window here when I be done with them.


March 19, 2008 - Msg 61195:
"If they don't find ya handsome, they should at least find ya handy"

March 19, 2008 - Msg 61196: Well gang im here!..just a quick check in will read in just a about another hr of daylight...doing yard work..hey ro,Rev,Tom,CHUCK,m-t,mdc,possum,auh20,sterling,maavis,hazel,hm and ll...has anybody got any left overs Maude?..well back after dark....prayers...SPOT

March 19, 2008 - Msg 61197:
Me-They Obviously I was only kidding about the plastics. We throw them under our porch, geesh! What do you think we are, animals?

Boo-Great to have ya back! I'm gonna check out that web site you posted.

Praying for you folks in the flood areas.

Tom?? You didn't go looking for Asa, did ya?

AAAAAAsssaa!!! Where are you?



March 19, 2008 - Msg 61198: Good evening, all. Such goings-on! I can't leave you people alone for a minute. Oh, by the way, I came across some trivia that I thought I'd annoy Me-They with, but on second thought, it probably won't annoy him at all, since it actually supports his foot phobia. Here goes: A pair of human feet contains approximately 250,000 sweat glands. Now, if that's not yucky enough for you, here's more: Each one of your feet is inhabited by about a trillion bacteria. Mercy! No wonder Me-They doesn't care for the steamy, germy critters. I'm about to become a convert.

Well, still got lots to do to get this house shaped up for my kids' visit. Just found out that they're not coming Thursday night, but rather will be here around noon on Friday. That gives me more time, so is actually a bit of a relief. I just don't have the energy I used to have, dagnab it!

Be blessed, everyone! --Romeena

March 19, 2008 - Msg 61199: Would you believe that my ancestors are the Dalton gang who rode at one time with Jesse James (who is in my husband's geneology!) No one else is famous!

Anyone can come and visit as long as they have muck boots, own their own pitchfork and do not mind manual labor. Because of all the rain (and snow) we have had - I walk about a mile everyday to get back to the pasture where we house the goats. It is at a different location than where we live (about 3 miles away). We will be building there this summer so I will have a nice long lane (void of any cars) to walk and exercise. I am already getting ready to start my garden plot - once the weather cooperates. Then if you come - you must bring a hoe to help in the garden. I am planting beans, corn, taters, summer squash,maters and pumpkins. I need to freeze corn for the winter and can beans for the winter as well. I also need to put lots of mater juice up as well. Yes, I will be busy. Looking at fruit trees to plant as well. They won't bear what I need this year but will so in future years. If you would have told me that I would be doing this 15 years ago - I would have laughed in your face. Don't really trust the food source like I used too anymore - I'll just do my own.

M-T - loved your quotes today. And whoever quoted Red Green - thank you - I just love that show!


March 19, 2008 - Msg 61200:
Hello porch family.....hope you all had a Jesus filled day.
Rain here but clearing up for the weekend. I hope that rain washed away some of the pollen.

M-T...."We Are In Trouble"....that's so funny!

I agree that the porch is a place FRIENDS can come and discuss all different subjects. As Boo said, I too would not be here if all we talked about was TAGS. I love TAGS but I also live in a real world and here on the porch I have friends I can talk to about real issues.

You all have a great night and prayers for all the porch family.

March 19, 2008 - Msg 61201: Hey REV, God bless you and your family. If I never said it before, I am very thankful for you and the work you do spreading the gospel in song.

Thanks Auh2o! It's good to be back. I'm not sure what website you are speaking of. Could you mean the cartoon website that Me-They mentioned? I checked it out yesterday and loved it.

Still got a cough and some aches so I am going to turn in. See all you fine folks tomorrow.


March 20, 2008 - Msg 61202: Good morning Porch, technically, it's morning, even tho it's still dark out, it's 3:04am & I just "fell awake" so here I am. I'll be paying fot it later today, I'm sure. Glad to see everyone is doing ok & hm I'm on my way over to help you with them goats, you ain't started puttin boots on them yet have you? ;)
Ro how did your iris make out in those winds? Is it still standing? Where is Tom?? and Gizzmo? I'm starting to worry about them. Boo at the risk of bothering a few folks......I bet VICKS would help that cough of yours! Did it keep you from your rehab girls last night?
Well, I'm gonna try to hit the ironing board again, see what happens, blessings to you & yours!

March 20, 2008 - Msg 61203: Welcome Sweet Springtime We Greet Thee in Song!
- Hazel

March 20, 2008 - Msg 61204:
Hey Folks

Man! Just as we were getting a bit closer to terra firma...we get 4 more inches of snow last night. I know 4 inches isn't much, and like I said before I do enjoy winter, but it's Spring. You're right, You're always right, I'll stop whining.

Anyhoo.. It's Spring!!

Boo-Sorry, that site was posted by MDC, and is a very interesting site, thanks MDC.

homemaker-Manual Labor? hmm... is he related to the Labor's down the road a stretch?


March 20, 2008 - Msg 61205:
Oh, hey there! Mavis and Hazel.


March 20, 2008 - Msg 61206: Amen, Amen, and Amen Hazel! Yer voice ain't ever sounded finer. Finer than frogs hair I'd say.
Thanks for all the hollers, here and by e-mails. Sure does make a body feel good to be missed. Sorry about being gone. Just had to take a timeout for a spell.
To any and all I have missed prayer needs and so forth, you have them now, although they are belated.
Mavis, your talk of just falling awake cracked me up. Don't you just hate that when it happens? Seems like when I'm as tired as can be I fall awake. Oh well. Guess it's better than not waking atallll. :)
Well gotta run. Lot's to do today and I wanna be at the Grand later when they change the Marquee. I always love that.


March 20, 2008 - Msg 61207: Lo and behold - it's the Mullet Man, Tool Belt Hunk of a Man, the Tin Foil Bandit - it's ASA!
Yeah - I have saved some of my special meatballs just for you!

Mavis - you beat me by just a hair - I was up at 3:56 and so I watched Bargain Hunt on BBC. "Cheap as Chips" is my favorite quote.

Rain has subsided and the creeks are starting to re-cede (like Asa's hairline). (I just crack myself up with all these digs at Asa - man I have missed that feller!)

Well - take care. . .


March 20, 2008 - Msg 61208: Good morning everyone. It certainly is a little better with ASA stopping by! GReat to hear from you!

HM: Watch it with those cracks about receeding hairlines!


March 20, 2008 - Msg 61209: AUH2O: Imagine, a conconformist in YOUR family!

BOO: Glad you enjoyed the site. I enjoyed remembersing some of those 70s 'toons myself.


March 20, 2008 - Msg 61210: Yep, it was alot of fun even remembering the 60's for me. Funny how when I looked at those cartoons, it didn't seem very long ago.

Welcome home, ASA, you were certainly missed.

Can't chat much. Woke up feeling like road kill this morning. Just took some Advil and I am going back to bed until it kicks in. Yes, MAVIS, I have been using the VICKS when I go to bed at night.


March 20, 2008 - Msg 61211: Happy Springtime to all! PEACE Dr P

March 20, 2008 - Msg 61212: It's does smell clearer, doesn't it? Yep, spring does smell great. At least until it gets really warm and people start wearing the Devil's shoe--Birkenstocks. I can't tell y'all how much I'm enjoying the Croc fad. Not a toe in sight!


March 20, 2008 - Msg 61213: Good morning, all. Asa! Boy, it's good to see you. You might want to go see Floyd, though - that mullet is getting a little shaggy.

It's a gorgeous day here today - 62 degrees, bright and sunny, light breeze. My iris (irises?) fared well in the windstorm, nobody got broken off. I'm never sure about that plural, I need to look that up.

Gotta run -- mucho to do today, getting ready for my daughter and family. They'll be here at noon tomorrow, and I still have to finish getting the house shaped up, and go to the grocery store. Eloise's husband is going to smoke some brisket and ribs for me (he does a great job), but he's out of firewood, so gotta go find him some. We'll have that on Saturday. At least all the floors are clean in the house, just have to dust and put out my Easter pretties.

Blessings! --Romeena

March 20, 2008 - Msg 61214:
M-T , auh20 and Boo, actually the website I mentioned was
and don't forget, to make it easier, you can always highlite sites from a post, click on "edit" on the toolbar, then click on "copy", set your cursor in the address line, and click on "paste" and it's there!
Hazel, great line but you forgot to do something with that word "song!" ha
HM- that was me with the Red/Green quote. I love it too! They have a 'Dalton' also.
ASA- glad you came back, time for some bullet maintenace.
I will be busy the next few days, so let me say att ths time...
HAPPY EASTER to you all. God bless you all!
Prayers for all and for all our TROOPS!

March 20, 2008 - Msg 61215:
Oh, I watch this ep last night and caught this much before I caught slumberland:
Barney: Gee Thelma Lou, you don't come out and kiss a deputy on the jaw right out on the street!

and then a bit later:

Barney: Well Thelma Lou, so what if I did offer her my hand to help her out of the car, and so what if she did hold on to it all the way thru the Post office. It's probably just a custom where she comes from.

March 20, 2008 - Msg 61216: MDC - I just love Harold. If I weren't married, well, he would be on my Top 10 List! (and the Ranger) (It's the Ranger, Yogi!)

I probably won't be on too much this weekend. It is supposed to be relatively dry (as in no more torrential downpours) so I may get some goat work done.

Happy Blessed Easter and remember, we wouldn't have eternal life if the life and death and resurrection hadn't happened.

Blessings - ya'll!


March 20, 2008 - Msg 61217: Yippee- Asa's back in Mayberry!! Sure missed you friend.Welcome home to the Porch!
possum under a rock

Concerned about Merri Weather-isn't she out in Missouri where all the flooding is? Hope she's okay.

March 20, 2008 - Msg 61218: Yay! Asa's back! I knew once we got the choir up and going, he'd show up. He always did love good ol' 14-A. Now we're just going to have to figure out how to make him just mouth the words...
- Hazel

March 20, 2008 - Msg 61219: I bet Asa could sing a solo - So Low that no one can hear him. . .


March 20, 2008 - Msg 61220: I bet Asa could sing a solo - So Low that no one can hear him. . .


March 20, 2008 - Msg 61221: Hey there POSSUM. Thank you for the concern--that is very kind and considerate of you. You're right, there's lots of flooding but I'm ok. We were without power though, and the road connecting our neighborhood to a highway was impassible until yesterday. Got our power back on this afternoon. I was watching the 5 o'clock news this evening and recognized an area outside of St. Louis that crews had filmed. It was my best friend's road that leads into his driveway! They were doing 2 emergency rescues. He and his family are safe and secure, thank the Lord. But other people are ignoring barriers and attempting to cross washed out roads or getting swept away by the rapidly moving water. Prayers for all the people who are affected by these floods. It truly is devastating.

ASA, so glad to have you back. You were missed! Hey, I heard that they're playing "A Monster Ate Minnesota" at the Grand. Should be a good show.

Well, if I don't make it to the Porch before Sunday, Happy Easter to everyone. Hope you have a wonderful day with your families and friends! mw

Anyone got any Miracle Salve? My neck is killing me!